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Matt Hamill Retires from MMA

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV)--After ten years in the Ultimate Fighting Championship Matt "The Hammer" Hamill has gone back into retirement.

The 37-year-old announced his retirement in mixed martial arts Wednesday on his Facebook page. This is the second time the former light-heavyweight will retire from the sport.

Hamill had previously retired in 2011 after losing to Quinton Jackson and Alexander Gustfsson, but came back the following year.

Hamill cited a nagging injury that has worsened over time.

"First and foremost, I would like to thank my most loyal fans for standing by me throughout my 10 year career with MMA. All good things must come to an end and I am saddened that the time has come for me to hang up my gloves permanently due to a nagging injury that has never healed and has worsened with time. The memories have been good."

Matt was born deaf in Loveland, Ohio, but refused to allow his hearing deficit to hold him back. He won three consecutive NCAA Div III National Wrestling Championships while in college at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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